It’s admittedly a bit difficult to watch knowing how the tragic story ends, but Fruitvale Station is a gritty and realistic look at what occurs much too often in this country: the shooting of an unarmed Black person by a so-called authority figure.
No one could have orchestrated a better release time for the film, which hit theaters during a nationwide discussion about race brought on by the “not guilty” verdict of George Zimmerman, the Hispanic neighborhood watch volunteer who fatally shot a Black, unarmed teen.
Moviegoers likely won’t be able to avoid drawing comparisons, and that’s just one of the reasons this film is a must-see. Instead of closing their eyes and pretending the cases of Trayvon Martin or Oscar Grant, the real-life father whose death is the focus of Fruitvale, are scarce events, the Sundance favorite reminds viewers that this sort of thing happens all the time.
That’s just one reason to support this Black film. Here are a few others:
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